Koninklijke Haagsche Golf & Country Club

GEO Certified® 12/2016
Telephone: +31 70 5179607

The so called ‘Oude Dame’ (the “Old Lady”) was founded in 1893 and is the oldest golf club in the Netherlands. It started with a golf course in Waalsdorp, near The Hague. In 1938, a golf course was constructed behind villa De Wildhoeve in the village of Wassenaar, which was acquired by the club in 1947. The course as designed by the architectural firm of Colt, Alison & Morrison Ltd. The new constructions maintained the waving rhythm of the course plots, allowing the golf course to naturally transition into the surrounding dune landscape. Th…

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Facility details

Golf Courses
Golfbaan "de Wildhoeve" (18 holes, 5688 metres, year opened 1939)
1 Clubhouse(s)
2 Maintenance Facility/Facilities
1 Pro Shop
1 Practice Facility/Facilities
2 Other
1 Other


The present golf course of the Royal Hague Golf & Country Club was built in 1938. It is a links-course located in the dunes of Wassenaar, near The Hague, and is known in Europe as a ‘Championship Course’. This unique course is located in a valuable dune area approximately three to four kilometres from the North Sea. The course is part of the Meijendel dune area. The “Haagsche” has made it their responsibility to not only conserve or restore the nature found on its terrain, but also to improve and optimise it without making concessions to the game of golf.
The Meijendel dune area consists mainly of parabolic dunes with various slacks. The high, steep inner wall of the dunes borders the landside of the golf course. The dune area has an open character marked by local forest, thicket, and dune grasslands.
Approximately half of the total surface area owned by the club constitutes the golf terrain. Located between the various holes are valuable open dune grasslands, high and low thicket, and woodland.

De huidige golfbaan van de Koninklijke Haagsche Golf & Country Club (KHG&CC) werd gebouwd in 1938 en staat in Europa bekend als een "Championship Course" van uitzonderlijke klasse. Het terrein ligt in een prachtig waardevol duingebied op ongeveer drie tot vier kilometer van de zee. Landschappelijk gezien maakt het deel uit van het duingebied "Meijendel”. De KHG&CC ziet het als haar plicht de natuur op haar terrein niet alleen in stand te houden en waar mogelijk te herstellen, maar ook gericht te verbeteren en te optimaliseren zonder dat afbreuk wordt gedaan aan de golfsport.

Het duingebied Meijendel bestaat voornamelijk uit hoog paraboolduin met verschillende uitblazingcomplexen en wordt aan de landzijde begrensd door de hoge steile binnenduinrand.
Het gebied heeft een open karakter met lokaal bos, struweel en duingraslanden.
Ongeveer de helft van de oppervlakte van het terrein van de “Haagsche” is golfterrein. Tussen de verschillende holes liggen potentieel waardevolle open duingraslanden, laag en hoog struweel en bos.

Consultation & Surveys

This golf facility consults the following organizations regarding landscape heritage conservation:

  • DUNEA, Duin en Water

The following landscape assessments and surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility:

Title Author Date View document
Natuurwaarden Golfterrein Koninklijke Haagsche Golf & Country Club De Groene Ruimte 1988/06/03
Natuurwaarden Golfterrein Koninklijke Haagsche Golf & Country Club De Groene Ruimte 1994/12/12 Download
Natuurwaarden Golfterrein Koninklijke Haagsche Golf & Country Club De Groene Ruimte 1994/12/12 Download
Koepelvisie Duinbanen De Groene Ruimte 1994/02/01
Natuurwaarden Golfterrein Koninklijke Haagsche Golf & Country Club De Groene Ruimte 1998/12/01
KHG&CC, Monitoring Vegetatieontwikkeling 2002 De Groene Ruimte 2002/12/03
Flora en Fauna onderzoek KHG&CC NlAdviseurs 2012/05/06

This golf facility consults the following organizations regarding ecosystem protection and enhancement:

  • Dunea, Duin en Water

The following ecological surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility:

Title Author Date View document
Beheerplan Natuur Koninklijke Haagsche Golf & Country Club De Groene Ruimte 1996/06/19
Natuurbeheerplan KHG&CC 2009-2015 DUNEA, Hans Lucas 2009/04/19
Flora en Faunatoets KHG&CC NlAdviseurs 2011/04/01
Natuurbeheerplan 2015 - 2020 DUNEA, Hans Lucas 2015/05/05
Flora en Faunateots KHG&CC 2012 NL Adviseurs, Coen Knotters 2012/05/06 Download

Rare, protected and notable species occurring at this golf facility:

Local name Scientific name
Boerenzwaluw Hirundo rustica ssp. rustica
Grauwe vliegenvanger Muscicapa striata ssp. striata
Groene Specht Picus viridis ssp. viridis
Kneu Carduelis cannabina ssp. cannabina
Koekoek Cuculus canorus ssp. canorus
Nachtegaal Luscinia megarhynchos ssp. megarhynchos
Ransuil Asio otus ssp. otus
Zandhagedis Lacerta agilis
Bruine Winterjuffer Sympecma fusca
Blauwvleugel Sprinkhaan Oedipoda caerulescens
Blauwe knoop Succisa pratensis
Driedistel Carlina vulgaris
Gelobde maanvaren Botrychium lunaria
Kleverige reigersbek Erodium lebelli
Wilde tijm Thymus serpyllum

This golf facility regularly monitors the following species as indicators of environmental quality:

Local name Scientific name
Nachtegaal Luscinia megarhynchos
Grasmus Sylvia communis
Zwartkop Sylvia atricapilla
Braamsluiper Sylvia curruca
Fitis Phylloscopys trochilus
Tjiftjaf Phylloscopus collybita
Witte Kwikstaart Motacilla alba
Spreeuw Sturnus vulgaris
Roodborst Tapuit Saxicola rubicola
Boomleeuwerik Lullula arborea
Zandhagedis Lacerta agilis

Habitats & Designations

This golf facility features the following landscape designations:

Description Designating Authority
Historic Landscapes / Parklands Local and national government

Area of habitats / vegetation types, and associated designations at this golf facility:

Title Estimated Area (Hectares) Designation
Rough 'ecological' grassland 30 Self Appointed
Scrub Vegetation 15 Self Appointed
Native Woodland 0.5 Self Appointed


Size and estimated species composition of amenity turfgrass maintained at this golf facility.

Estimated Area (Hectares) Turfgrass Species Sward Composition (%)
Greens 1.0 Hectares Festuca rubra 30%
Agrostis tenuis / capillaris 45%
Tees 0.5 Hectares Festuca rubra 35%
Lolium perenne 65%
Fairways 7.5 Hectares Festuca rubra 30%
Poa pratensis 70%
Semi Rough 3.0 Hectares Festuca rubra 30%
Poa pratensis 70%

These turfgrasses are optimal for the circumstances at this club because:
These species are best suitable for the dutch climate, and in specific the situation on the Haagsche.

This golf facility assesses mowing patterns every: 1 years

This golf facility consults the following individuals / organizations regarding its grassing plan:

  • Frank Pont, Infinite Variety Golf Design
  • David Stansfield

This golf facility is making the following efforts to manage the playing quality expectations of customers:

Activity Description
Establishing clear internal policies for irrigation, fertilization, colour, cutting heights, overseeding etc The course commission adheres to a course management plan that includes all daily operations and goals, aiming at the highest possible quality of turf.
Promoting the playing quality values of more naturalized turf, particularly fairways and semi-rough The maintenance of fairways and semi-rough produces a high quality of turf, based on naturalized species of grass.
Promoting the financial benefits of presenting sustainable surfaces The choices for the design and maintenance of various elements are transparent and accessible to members.
Improving customer understanding around greens maintenance The course commission and the head greenkeeper publish articles and information in the club magazine and the website.
Demonstrating the direct relationship between environmental best practice and year round high quality playing surfaces Sustainable terrain management clearly stipulates to all stakeholders which maintenance measures have been taken and how they are related to the results of good, playable greens and to the limited amount of closures.

Conservation & Enhancement

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve landscape character:

Activity Description
Allowing seasonal variation of course coloration and texture Discoloration resulting from drought (to a certain extent) and other factors are seen as an addition to the natural quality of the landscape and the quality of the game.
Appropriately matching mowing lines to contours Mowing lines are matched with the natural contours of the terrain.
Protection and restoration of historic features Historic elements, like sand dunes are being restored as much as possible.
Several projects have already been finished successfully.
Discreet on-course signage and furniture The furniture and signage used on the course are as discreet as possible.
Conservation of specimen trees The conservation of specimen trees and shrubs take high priority.
Screening and softening unsightly man-made features Constructions that do not blend naturally into the landscape are being obscured through vegetation.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to improve the landscape ecology of the golf course:

Activity Description
Minimizing the amount of amenity grass Only tees, fairways, semi-rough, aprons and greens need to be mowed extensively. The total surface of intensively mowed grass is kept to a minimum.
Increasing the size of habitat patches In the past few years, the size of habitat patches has already been increased as much as possible.
Connection of internal habitat patches In some areas the connection between internal habitats has been improved.
Connection of patches with external habitats The connection between internal and external habitats on the site boundaries has been improved significantly, e.g. nearby hole 4, 5 and 6.
Creation of habitat corridors By lowering the surrounding fence at some places the club created a better connection between internal and external habitats, and created specifically a corridor to allow roes to pass.
Avoidance of habitat fragmentation A careful management plan of roads and paths avoids habitat fragmentation as much as possible.
Improving and diversifying habitat edges The club does improve and diversify the habitat edges. Butterflies and other pollinators
are carefully monitored and, if necessary, sheltered micro-climates will be created.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to improve the quality of habitats on the golf course:

Activity Description
Creation of botanically rich rough grassland At some parts of the course the natural diversity of vegetation is increased by closely mowing and removal of clippings. However some areas of habitat are left as undisturbed wild spaces.
Ecologically informed management of scrub vegetation The club has a Nature Conservation Management Plan in operation. Scrub vegetation is managed accordingly.
Promoting species and structurally diverse woodlands The management plan provides guidelines to an ecologically valuable and durable situation.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve and enhance biodiversity on the golf course:

Activity Description
Provision of nesting and nectar for pollinators Brushwood, roughs and forest edges are present at various locations. At some parts of the course the natural diversity of vegetation has been increased.
Installation of nest boxes Nest boxes for a variety of species are installed in various parts of the terrain.
Control / management of alien species Alien and invasive species, such as the Wild Black Cherry (prunus serotina) and the Silver Poplar (Populus Alba), are controlled as much as possible.
Creation of micro-habitats (eg log and stone piles) At some places the club creates micro-habitats (e.g. log piles) for mammals and invertebrates.


The terrain of The Royal Haagsche Golf & Country Club is located in the water-collection area of the Dune Water Company South Holland (DUNEA). It is situated between the deep and the shallow collection areas of the Kijfhoek and Bierlap, and the deep collection area of ‘de Kaswetering.’ There are no infiltration pools in the direct vicinity of the golf course. The water collection from the shallow groundwater area has only a small impact on the terrain. Hydrologic monitoring by the DUNEA shows that groundwater in the shallow parts is located at approximately 2.5 metres below NAP. For this reason, there are no actual or potential moist dune valleys on the terrain. In 1938, the course was built with an underground network of water pipes meant for irrigation. Around 1970, the ‘Haagsche’ was the first Dutch golf club to install an automatic irrigation system. From 2004 the system was replaced in stages by a fully modernised system, which allows for selective irrigation, thereby, enabling separate parts of the course to be watered and to be monitored. The last stage (fairways) was finished in 2012.
Evaporation is minimised by irrigating mostly during the evenings and nights. Irrigation is normally limited to the greens and tees, and never more than necessary for the desired quality of turf. In extreme dry conditions irrigation of fairways might be necessary. Limited irrigation, in general, leads to improved quality of the sward. Sector sprinklers are used as much as possible in order to prevent irrigation of the rough and the dune landscape.
This leads to increased water efficiency and meets the policy of the club in minimising water usage.

Het terrein van de KHG&CC ligt in het waterwingebied van het Duinwaterbedrijf DUNEA tussen de diepe en ondiepe winningen van de Kijfhoek en Bierlap en de diepe winning "de Kaswetering". In de directe omgeving van de golfbaan zijn geen infiltratieplassen. De waterwinning in het ondiepe grondwaterpakket heeft slechts een zeer beperkte invloed op het terrein. Uit de hydrologische monitoring van DUNEA blijkt dat het grondwater in het ondiepe deel gemiddeld op 2,5 meter onder NAP ligt. Om die reden zijn er geen actuele of potentiële vochtige duinvalleien in het terrein. Reeds bij aanleg in 1938 van de Golfclub de Wildhoeve werd een ondergronds leidingnet aangelegd zodat de baan kon worden besproeid. Dit was uniek in Nederland. Rond 1970 legde de "Haagsche" als eerste golfclub in Nederland een automatische beregeningsinstallatie aan, die vanaf 2004 in fasen werd vervangen door een geheel nieuw automatisch systeem. De laatste fase werd in 2012 voltooid. De hoeveelheid opgepompt water wordt voor beide pompen afzonderlijk geregistreerd.
Het beleid van de club is gericht op minimaal gebruik van water.
Er wordt hoofdzakelijk in de avond en 's nachts beregend, voornamelijk op greens en tees en nooit meer dan noodzakelijk voor de gewenste kwaliteit van de grasmat. Bij grote droogte worden ook de fairways beregend. Beperkte beregening leidt in het algemeen tot een betere kwaliteit van de grasmat. Er wordt zoveel mogelijk gebruik gemaakt van sectorsproeiers zodat zo min mogelijk water in de rough of het aangrenzende duinlandschap terecht komt.

Sources & Consumption

The following water audits have been undertaken at this golf facility:

Title Author Date View document
Leidingwaterdruk WaterLab, Helder BV 2010/07/19
Beregeningswater Dunea 2010/07/19

The water used at this golf facility is drawn from the following sources:

2015 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,600,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 19,986,000 Litres
2014 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,510,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 19,492,000 Litres
2013 Source(s) % of supply Total Consumption
Clubhouse(s) Public / Potable 100% 1,450,000 Litres
Golf Course Groundwater 100% 25,968,000 Litres

Irrigation & Efficiency

The following areas receive irrigation at this golf facility:

Greens 2-3 days per week
Tees 2-3 days per week
Fairways Weekly
Semi-Rough Never
Rough Never

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:
Fully computer controlled

The irrigation system at this golf facility is:

Serviced every 1 years

Upgraded every 25 years

Re-calibrated and checked for efficient application every 1 years

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to maximize irrigation efficiency:

Activity Description
Selection of grass species The selected grass species are suitable for the dutch climate, and in specific the soil and climate situation at the Haagsche.
Soil decompaction and thatch management The club monitors soil water content to minimize irrigation and improve turf quality.
Decompaction by various ways of aeration.
Timing and dose of water application Timing and dose of water application is attuned to the situation. Irrigation in the evenings to minimize evaporation of water.
Analysis of soil moisture The staff regularly inspects the soil moisture to monitor and maximize irrigation efficiency.
Incorporation of evapotranspiration rates and weather data The club has a modern weather station. Data are used to determine an efficient irrigation plan.
Use of wetting agents Wetting agents are used in drought periods to maximize water absorption and minimize the water application.
Overall reduction in irrigated area introduction of policy
Targeting of sprinkler heads Sprinkler heads are targeted on golf elements only.
Optimizing system pressure System is automatically pressured.
Adoption of cutting edge nozzle technology n.a.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to conserve / reduce / minimize water consumption:

Activity Description
Low-flow urinals and toilets Low-flow urinals and toilets are used in the clubhouse and the maintenace facility.
Use of water efficient appliances ad-ons for reduction of waterconsumption
Use of efficient shower technology Efficient shower technology is used in the clubhouse and the maintenance facility.
Repairing leaks Leaks of the irrigation system and in the clubhouse are immediately repaired.
Water awareness signage n.a.


It is the ambition of the KHG&CC to obtain maximum efficiency in use of energy. Therefore, during all minor and major renovations, the club gives preference to new durable and energy saving products.
In the field of lighting, research has been done into the efficiency of burning-hours, energy saving light sources and intelligent light switches. If possible, efficient and energy saving machines are used.

Een van de hoofddoelstellingen van de KHG&CC is een maximale doelmatigheid bij het gebruik van energie.
Dit betekent dat bij aanpassingen en renovaties, de aanschaf van nieuwe besparende en duurzame producten een duidelijke voorkeur heeft.
Op het gebied van verlichting wordt gekeken naar efficiënte branduren, energiezuinige lichtbronnen en intelligente schakelaars.
Voor het machinepark wordt, indien mogelijk, gebruik gemaakt van energie efficiënte machines.

Sources & Consumption

No energy surveys have been undertaken at this golf facility.

Consumption of renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2015 2014 2013
Second Generation Bio-Fuels (Litres) 364 399 637

Consumption of non-renewable energy and resources at this golf facility:

2015 2014 2013
Diesel (Litres) 9227 9366 10859
Hydraulic Oil (Litres) 160 155 160
Natural Gas (Litres) 35300 33100 36400
Non-renewable Grid (kWh) 198000 188000 188000
Petrol (Litres) 1672 1883 1697
Propane / Butane (Litres) 15 15 15

Energy Efficiency

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to diversify energy and fuel supply:

Activity Description
Adoption of green tariff grid supply Since 2007
Installation of small scale wind turbine Wind turbines are not allowed in natural areas.
Installation of photovoltaic and / or solar panels Under consideration.
Use of geothermal and / or ground sources Not allowed in natural areas.
Use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) N.A.
Use of biodiesel and /or ethanol not yet available.
Use of electric hybrid vehicles Under careful considerarion. Our terrain demands heavy duty equipment.
Use of recycled oils N.A.

This golf facility is undertaking the following activities to reduce energy consumption:

Activity Description
Investment in low-energy heating and air conditioning systems During the renovation of the clubhouse a system has been installed with the possibility of regeneration of heat.
Optimizing thermostat levels for heating and refrigeration During the renovation of the clubhouse a system has been installed which compares indoor and outdoor temperatures in order to optimize heating.
Enhancement of natural ventilation opportunities When possible, natural ventilation is applied.
Upgrading of building insulation The remaining single glazed windows in the clubhouse were replaced by double glazed windows.
Use of natural light (e.g. sunlight pipes) N.A.
Installation of low-energy lighting During last 3 years the ceiling spots in the clubhouse were replaced by LED spots.
Use of motion sensor lighting Has been applied in all changing rooms, toilets and trolly storage areas.
Transition to energy efficient appliances The introduction of low energy pumps of heating system is under consideration.
Use of timers with appliances, heating and lighting Where possible have been applied.
Educating staff and customers Ongoing

Vehicles & Transport

The maintenance fleet at this golf facility uses the following fuel sources:

Ride-on Mowers Walking Mowers Utility Vehicles
Petrol 100% 100%

Additional vehicles operated by this golf facility use the following fuel sources:

Golf Carts Cars Buses
Petrol 100%

This golf facility has established the following schemes to encourage reductions in staff and customer transport emissions:

Activity Description
Car sharing incentives Has not been successful in the past years.
Group transportation (e.g. buses) Encouraged for visiting groups.
Secure cycle parking Available.
Promoting public transport routes and timetables During events in particular.
Increasing equipment storage (e.g. lockers) Sufficient equipment storage is available for members.
Staff showers Available.
Tax breaking incentives for cycling Applied for personel (7 participants)
Promotion of walk to work campaigns n.a.
Use of Aspen fuel Instead of mixing lubrication oil with petrol we use Aspen. This product is over 300 times cleaner than the traditional mix. Aspen is used in all two-tact combustion machines

Supply Chain

Purchasing of new products focuses on environment-friendly products, especially for the machinery. Will certain machines be replaced by less polluting and more silent ones, driven by electric motors? An earlier bought hybrid machine turned out not to be successful and was exchanged after a year.
However, replacement of machines by hybrids or machines fully driven by electric motors will certainly be considered in the future. They are more economical and less sensitive to leakage and breakdowns.

Bij de keuze van nieuwe aankopen wordt tegenwoordig, met name voor machines, gezocht naar milieuvriendelijke oplossingen. Kunnen bepaalde machines inderdaad worden vervangen door minder vervuilende en stillere, elektrische machines? Een eerdere aanschaf van een hybride machine bleek nog geen succes en de machine werd snel weer ingeruild. Vervanging door hybride of geheel elektrisch aangedreven machines wordt in de toekomst wel degelijk overwogen. Zij zijn zuiniger en bovendien minder gevoelig voor lekkage.

Purchasing Policies

This golf facility undertakes the following ethical / environmental purchasing activities:

Activity Description
Measures to avoid waste at source Product selection by choosing environmentally friendly and recyclable products.
Use of local suppliers The club uses local suppliers as much as possible
Use of local products The use of local products prevails. For instance, many different regional products are offered on the restaurant menu.
Selection of certified products The club pays special attention to the selection of certified products.
Use of recycled and recyclable products It is the policy of the club to buy recycled and recyclable products as much as possible.
Selection of products that feature minimal packaging In order to minimize packaging waste, the club buys products in bulk and containers as much as possible.
Use of accredited suppliers (e.g. ISO 14001) The club prefers to deal with certified suppliers and contractors.

Supply Chain

An overview of the supplier network at this golf facility:

Total number of suppliers Total number of suppliers within 10 Kilometres Total number of suppliers within 100 Kilometres
Food & Beverage 6 1 5
Catering Supplies 12 9 3
Retail 51 12 39
Trade & Contractors 3 1 2
Maintenance Equipment 16 2 14
Course Supplies 2 2

Turfgrass Inputs

This golf facility undertakes the following IPM activities:

Activity Description
Encouraging drought and disease tolerant grasses Used grasses are optimal for the climatic conditions in the Netherlands. This minimizes irrigation and chance for disease.
Managing stress and wear Stress. damage and wear are avoided as much as possible by means of a good maintenance plan.
Enhancement of soil structure The soil structure is monitored closely and improved by various measures, such as aeration, etc.
Optimization of the growing environment An actual maintenance plan and expert advise guarantee an optimal growing environment.
Managing thatch levels Thatch is controlled by various ways of aeration.
Managing surface moisture Surface moisture is monitored closely an controlled by aeration and (limited) use of wetting agents
Establishing thresholds for pests and disease Optimal condition of the turf will minimize pests and diseases.
Scouting for pests and diseases Pests and other diseases are scouted by visual inspection and analysis of turf samples.
Monitoring / improvement of plant health An intens monitoring en maintenance plan guarantees an optimal plant health

Fertilizer use at this golf facility in the last three years (kg):

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - K - Inorganic 30 30 30
Fairways - N - Inorganic 39 39 39
Fairways - P - Inorganic 8 8 8
Greens - K - Inorganic 33 101 79
Greens - N - Inorganic 106 134 96
Greens - P - Inorganic 10 43 13
Tees - K - Inorganic 105 145 185
Tees - N - Inorganic 188 173 229
Tees - P - Inorganic 38 13 13

Pesticide use at this golf facility in the last three years (kg):

2015 2014 2013
Fairways - Herbicide - Total Weight 0.4 11.1
Fairways - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 2 1
Fairways - Insecticide - Total Weight 30 30
Fairways - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 1 1
Greens - Fungicide - Total Weight 17.1 22 8.8
Greens - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 6 6 4
Greens - Insecticide - Total Weight 10
Greens - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 1
Rough - Herbicide - Total Weight 2.4
Rough - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 1
Tees - Fungicide - Total Weight 0.9 1.4
Tees - Fungicide - Number of applications per year 1 1
Tees - Herbicide - Total Weight 4.5 4.8
Tees - Herbicide - Number of applications per year 2 2
Tees - Insecticide - Total Weight 5
Tees - Insecticide - Number of applications per year 1

This golf facility undertakes the following actions to optimize pesticide use:

Activity Description
Selection on the least toxic and lest persistent products An external advisor (agronomist) stipulates guidelines for selection on the least toxic and least persistent products.
Selection of appropriate products for specific pests and diseases An external advisor (agronomist) stipulates guidelines for selection and use of the least toxic and least persistent products.
Spot-treatment with handheld sprayers and wipers Except on greens, foregreens and tees, all diseases and plagues are treated locally.
Calibration and testing of sprayers Sprayers are tested and calibrated every year.
Use of shrouded sprayer and anti-drip nozzles Spraying is done with anti-drip nozzles.
Non-chemical weed control n.a.
Use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance. Anticipating on future European legislation, the club studies the use of organic and biological products to improve plant health and resistance.

Waste Management

No waste audits have been undertaken at this golf facility.

This golf facility manages key waste streams as follows:

Re-use Recycle Landfill Incinerate
Glass false true false false
Plastic false true false false
Aluminium false true false false
Metal false true false false
Paper & Cardboard false true false false
Grass Clippings false true false false
Cores & Turf true false false false
Sand true false false false
Wood / Timber false false false true

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to continue the lifecycle of materials and resources:

Activity Description
Separation of recyclable materials Materials like glass, metals, paper and cardboard are recycled.
Establishment of recycling centers Various containers are located near the clubhouse to provide separated waste removal.
Returning clipping to fairways and walkways n.a.
Education of staff and customer education Both staff and members have been informed about waste removal.
Waste awareness campaigns n.a.

Pollution Control

In addition to the durable maintenance of the natural environment, the KHG&CC makes every effort to realise an efficient and responsible approach that strives to create an attractive and continually improving natural environment.
The management systems are directed at achieving an on-going improvement of the quality of the control, maintenance and safety and the conservation and further development of the natural environment.

During recent years, the Club has completed diverse projects based on the Natural Environment Plan developed in 2009. The results of these efforts in terms of recuperation and efficient ecological management are already clearly observable. The advice received from outside specialists has made a positive contribution to these efforts.
The KHG&CC carries out an active management with respect to utilization that is targeted at durability. The Club strives for a permanent reduction of the demands made on the natural environment. In addition, it directs its efforts at creating a body of Club members, personnel and others who are aware and knowledgeable with respect to a responsible management of the natural environment.

Naast duurzaam beheer van de natuur wil de KHG&CC zich inzetten voor een efficiënte en verantwoorde bedrijfsvoering, die streeft naar een schoon milieu en een continue verbetering van de milieuprestaties.
De managementsystemen zijn gericht op een voortdurende verbetering van de kwaliteit van beheer, onderhoud, veiligheid en in standhouden en verder ontwikkelen van de natuur.

De laatste jaren heeft de club verder uitvoering gegeven aan diverse projecten uit het in 2009 ontwikkelde Natuurbeheerplan. De resultaten van herstel van de natuurwaarden en efficiënt milieubewust beheer zijn inmiddels duidelijk zichtbaar. De adviezen van externe adviseurs hebben daarbij een positieve rol gespeeld.
De KHG&CC voert een actief beleid met betrekking tot een exploitatie, die is gericht op duurzaamheid. De club streeft naar een permanente vermindering van de belasting van het milieu in de ruimste zin. Daarnaast werkt zij aan een opleidingsklimaat om alle leden, medewerkers en personeel bewust en bekend te maken met een verantwoord milieubeheer.

Water Analysis

This golf facility monitors water quality with the following frequency:

Chemical Biological Visual
Inflow Yearly Yearly Never
On-Site Yearly Yearly Never
Outflow Yearly Yearly Yearly

Waste Water

Waste water from this golf facility is managed as follows:

Discharges to Formal Discharge Agreement
Golf Course N/A N/A
Clubhouse Mains Sewer N/A
Maintenance Facility Mains Sewer N/A
Wash Pad Via Oil Separator N/A

Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials at this golf facility are handled and disposed of as follows:

Secure Storage Registered Uplift
Detergents true true
Cooking Oils true true
Lubricants true true
Pesticide Containers true true
Fertiliser Bags true true
Oil Filters true true
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Pollution Prevention

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to prevent pollution from its maintenance facility and clubhouse:

Activity Description
Storage of equipment and hazardous products on covered, sealed impervious areas Dangerous substances are stored in a certified, well ventilated cabinet.
Maintenance of equipment on covered, sealed impervious areas The maintenance of large machines is mostly outsourced, whereas small machines are serviced or repaired in the club's own workshop with a specially sealed impervious floor.
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers in covered areas Fertilisers and pestcides are mixed in covered areas
Mixing of pesticides and fertilizers over impervious surfaces Fertilisers and pestcides are mixed over impervious surfaces
Installation of above-ground fuel tanks The new dubbel-walled fuel tank (2012) meets all criteria and is periodically checked.
Installation of sufficient secondary containment for fuel Fuels are stored in plastic containers in a certified, well ventilated cabinet.
Provision of containment booms and absorbent materials There is plenty of absorption material present and within reach. A clear emergency spillage plan helps to avoid containment. The staff is trained
in these circumstances.

This golf facility undertakes the following activities to prevent pollution on its golf course:

Activity Description
Eliminating leachate and run-off through careful timing of turf inputs Weather statistics are narrowly watched to determine the ideal timing for the application of pesticides and fertilisers
Establishment of vegetative buffer strips around water bodies n.a.
Establishment of emergency spillage response plan A contingency plan is in place directing the necessary actions needed in order to immediately fix any leaks, thereby minimising/eliminating damage.
Controlling erosion and sediment discharge A good mowing policy prevents erosion from taking place.
Establishment of pesticide-free zones Fertilisers and pesticides will only be used on greens and tees, very seldom on fairways and semi-rough and never in natural environment areas.
No-spray zones have been determined across the entire terrain.
Use of swales and bio-filters to slow and treat surface run-off n.a.


In addition to durable and environmentally friendly maintenance of the terrain, the KHG&CC strives to maintain good internal and external communications with all concerned parties with regard to the implemented management. Thereby it makes use of all possible contemporary communications means.
The club comprises approximately 1,250 members and provides employment to 22 full time and 12 part time staff.
Committee members and staff are provided with the opportunity to follow courses in the area related to “Committed to Green” as well as in efficient, environmentally friendly and safe operations.
The club is proactive in maintaining good contacts with its neighbours, local authorities and organizations involved in the management of the natural environment.

Naast duurzaam en milieubewust onderhoud van het terrein streeft de KHG&CC naar een goede interne en externe communicatie met alle belanghebbenden over het gevoerde beleid. Zij maakt daarbij gebruik van alle mogelijke moderne communicatie middelen.
De club telt ongeveer 1250 leden en verschaft werk aan 22 fulltime en ongeveer 12 partime arbeidskrachten.
Commissieleden en staf worden in staat gesteld opleidingen te volgen op het gebied van “Committed to Green” en een efficiente, milieubewuste en veilige bedrijfsvoering.
De club is actief in het onderhouden van goede contacten met de buren, locale overheid en instanties op het gebied van natuur- en fauna beheer.

Employment & Education

Typical staffing levels at this golf facility are:

Full Time Part Time Seasonal
Club Management 1 2
Course Management 8 1 1
Food & Beverage 9 4
Golf Coaching 2
Other 1 4

The sustainability working group at this golf facility is comprised of:

  • General Manager
  • Committee Members

Employees at this golf facility receive the following formal and informal environmental education:

Activity Description
Storage, application and disposal of pesticides Employees are trained in the use, storage and disposal of chemicals and pesticides. Applying pesticides and chemicals is only done by employees with a license.
Efficient water management The club has a fully automatic irrigation system. The staff have instructions to minimize the use of water as much as possible. However, the quality of turf is leading.
Management of accidents and emergencies The staff is trained to work as per strict instructions. Much is done to prevent accidents and emergencies. If an accident happens, all details ( date, time, etc.) are recorded in a log. Emergency plans are in operation. Procedures in case of emergency will be evaluated yearly.
Management of habitats and vegetation A nature management plan is in operation and special attention is paid to the ecological value and maintenance of habitats. The staff is trained in nature friendly maintenance. Twice a year an expert on habitats and vegetation visits the course for advise.
Waste minimization, separation and recycling All waste (glass, plastics, paper, cardboard, etc.) is separated and collected in special containers before transportation. If possible, waste will be recycled.
Clipping is stored temporarily and collected by a specialized company.
Health & Safety Employees of the club have been informed about health and safety regulations.
They know how to act in case of emergency and accidents at the course.
Risk management plans are in operation.
Energy Saving The staff is well aware of energy saving programs and is fully cooperative in making the programs a success.
Understanding of landscape and cultural heritage The staff have a copy of the Nature Management Plan. Nature and landscape has been described in this document. Everyone contributes to the success of sustainable maintenance and further development of the landscape.
Environmental management planning The course manager and his assistant are involved in planning environmental management.
Meetings Committees meet regularly with the greenkeeping staff to exchange information.

Community Relations

This golf facility engages with local community groups in the following manner:

Activity Description
Neighbours The club is partly surrounded by country estates and residences and partly by a nature reserve (Natura 2000). The club maintains good relations with the neighbours. Most of them are member of the club.
Local Government The club maintains good relations with the local government (provence, municipality)
Officials will be invited at the club to inform them about the activities of the club.
Local Environmental Groups Local Environmental Groups (Stichting Duinbehoud, Stichting Faunabescherming) closely monitor the activities of the club. The club provides them with information.
Media The club informs (local) media about interesting events at the club.
Netherlands Golf Federation (NGF) The club maintains a close relation with the NGF on sustainability.

Land Use & Cultural Heritage

This golf facility does not provide access and diversified land use for others.

The following archaeological and heritage surveys have been carried out at this golf facility:

Title Author Date View document
De geschiedenis van een landgoed Harald v.d. Straaten 2010/08/19
Historie en Ontwikkeling van de baan L. Mangelaar Meertens 2013/09/01

This golf facility consults the following organizations regarding the conservation of cultural heritage:

  • Municipality of Wassenaar

This golf facility does not undertake any activities to conserve cultural heritage features.


This golf facility undertakes the following internal environmental communications:

Activity Description
Provision of newsletters, notice boards & poster display The club communicates with members by the magazine "Approach", newsletters (E-mail), notice boards in the hall and in the starters office and by poster display.
Members evenings and course walks Members information evenings on subjects like course renovation projects, nature conservation and development.
A yearly "Bird watching" course walk in combination with a lecture the evening before.
Plans for a Fungus/mushroom course walk in autumn.
Course guides / brochures Plans for a course guide / brochure on Fauna and Vegetation
Interpretation panels & course signage Modest course signage

This golf facility undertakes the following social and environmental advocacy activities:

Activity Description
Website, press releases & brochures The club has a website : www.khgcc.nl.
Press releases on important events and activities
Supporting campaigns About 4 to 5 times per year, a group of some 15 to 20 members assists the greenkeepers with pruning trees and shrubs.
Hard work is followed by a 9 holes competition.
Course walks / open days A yearly "Bird watching" course walk in combination with a lecture the evening before.
Plans for a Fungus/mushroom course walk in autumn.
Attending community meetings The general manager and committee members visit community meetings if necessary.